Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oregon State Police - WED 11:55pm

Oregon State Police: Serious Inj Crash Hwy 229 about 10 miles south of Hwy 101 / Lincoln City. No more info. Traffic updates TripCheck.com.

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Update: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 Southbound Lanes in Roseburg

UPDATE: FATAL PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED TRAFFIC CRASH - INTERSTATE 5 SOUTHBOUND LANES IN ROSEBURG


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 10:07 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1002/66383/073113.fatal.tripcheck.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) is still on scene following Wednesday afternoon's pedestrian-involved fatal traffic crash along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the Roseburg area. Names and additional information will be released on Thursday when available.

The crash was reported July 31, 2013 at approximately 4:27 p.m. The pedestrian victim is an adult male.

Traffic updates can be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com. The photograph provided with this release shows southbound backed up traffic and was obtained from an ODOT camera about 30 minutes after the crash.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Westland Road west of Hermiston in Umatilla County (Photo)

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - WESTLAND ROAD WEST OF HERMISTON IN UMATILLA COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 8:52 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1002/66386/073113.fatal.westlandroad.JPG
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a passenger car and commercial truck in Umatilla County on Westland Road west of Hermiston. Both vehicles caught fire in the crash that resulted in the death of one person and minor injuries to the truck driver. The victim's name is withheld pending confirmation of identification.

On July 31, 2013 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a 2009 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with onions driven by RAFAEL MUNIZ SANCHEZ, age 37, city of residence not available, was northbound on Westland Road near Ternes Lane when a southbound 2007 Nissan Altima four-door driven by the victim attempted to pass another vehicle. The victim's car and the commercial truck collided head-on and came to rest off the southbound shoulder where both caught fire which also spread into a nearby field.

Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services responded and controlled the field fire. Both vehicles had extensive fire damage.

SANCHEZ got out of the truck with minor injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston where he was treated and released.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. She has been tentatively identified but her name is withheld at this time pending positive identification.

OSP troopers from the Hermiston office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Jerrad Little is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services and Umatilla County Road Department. The roadway is still closed while the vehicles are being removed from the scene.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash Involving Ambulance - Clear Lake Road northwest of Eugene

UPDATE: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH INVOLVING AMBULANCE - CLEAR LAKE ROAD NORTHWEST OF EUGENE


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 7:37 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lane County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's head-on crash on Clear Lake Road near Green Hill Road northwest of Eugene. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and injuries to three people in an ambulance. The victim's name is released in this update, but the names of the two paramedics and ambulance patient will be released Thursday morning after they are confirmed with the lead investigator.

According to Sergeant Mike Brewster, on July 31, 2013 at approximately 12:15 p.m., a Eugene Fire & EMS ambulance occupied by two paramedics and one patient was eastbound on Clear Lake Road when a westbound sport utility vehicle with one occupant crossed the centerline. The ambulance driver couldn't avoid the oncoming vehicle and they collided head-on.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, PATRICIA L. MORGAN, age 57, from Junction City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two paramedics and patient in the ambulance were transported by another ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. Their names are not available for release at this time. The ambulance was on a non-emergency transport with no lights or siren activated.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Lane Rural Fire Rescue, Eugene Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Clear Lake Road was opened about 4:15 p.m. to area traffic.

No photographs available at this time.

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West Linn Camassia Preserve Brush Fire Remains Under Investigation

WEST LINN CAMASSIA PRESERVE BRUSH FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 7:34 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1214/66382/image.jpg
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1214/66382/image.jpg
At 12:42 this afternoon, firefighters responded to reports of smoke near West Linn High School. First-arriving firefighters from TVF&R's Bolton station arrived at the Camassia Preserve to find a brush fire burning adjacent I -205 near the Highway 43 exit. Within 15 minutes, fire commanders called for a 2nd alarm to provide additional personnel and resources. At 1:39pm, the incident was briefly upgraded to a 3rd alarm, but crews were recalled a short while later.

For several hours, firefighters contended with steep rocky terrain, dense brush, and poison oak while trying to control and extinguish the fire which burned approximately 5 acres. Their aggressive efforts kept the fire from spreading to homes bordering the Preserve.

Traffic on I-205 was congested during the afternoon as drivers slowed to see smoke and flames cresting on a southeast bluff. A plume of light brown smoke could be seen from Wilsonville and southeast Portland.

Nearly 40 personnel from TVF&R, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Clackamas County Fire District #1, and Portland Fire & Rescue worked together to contain and extinguish the fire. West Linn Police Department provided additional support.

At the time of this release there are no injuries associated with this fire and the cause is unknown, but a fire investigator remains on scene to examine burn patterns and collect any evidence that may exist on site. Firefighters will continue watching for hotspots and wetting down nearby grasses and brush for at least another hour.
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False Evacuation Notifications

FALSE EVACUATION NOTIFICATIONS


News Release from Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 7:11 PM
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has received reports of individuals attempting to go door to door and evacuate citizens in areas which are NOT being evacuated. If evacuations are ordered, a public safety official (i.e. Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, National Guard, etc.) in an official public safety vehicle will be advising residents of those evacuations as well as official information disseminated through the media. If someone other than a public safety official comes to your residence, ask them for identification, gather and document as much information about the individual and their vehicle descriptions as possible and turn that information over to law enforcement.

Current Evacuations and Roadblocks remain as follows:
FROM GRAVE CREEK BRIDGE AT GALICE ROAD THROUGH TO THE 3100 BLOCK OF LOWER WOLF CREEK ROAD, NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN EXCEPT FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. FROM 3100 BLOCK OF LOWER WOLF CREEK RD TO THE CITY OF WOLF CREEK, RESIDENTS WHO CAN SHOW PROOF OF RESIDENCY MAY ENTER.

Illinois River Rd. in Selma for the Labrador Fire. Level 2 closure.
Bear Camp Road CLOSED on both ends. for the Big Windy Fire. Level 3 closure.
Lower Wolf Creek Rd. @ the city of Wolf Creek. Level 2 closure.
Lower Wolf Creek Rd. @ Lower Graves Creek Rd. Level 3 closure.
Lower Graves Creek from the Graves Creek Bridge. Level 3 closure.
Hog Creek Rd. @ Galice Rd. Level 2 closure.
Quartz Creek Rd. @ Galice Rd. Level 2 closure.

Evacuation/Closure Levels
Level 3 = Current conditions present specific and immediate threats to the life and safety of persons within this area. YOU ARE ADVISED TO EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Fire and Law Enforcement personnel are working in this area to provide specific information on the route(s) to use for evacuation. If you choose to ignore tis advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available. Volunteers will not be allowed to enter the area to provide assistance. Residents will not be allowed to return until conditions are safe.
Level 2 = An evacuation advisory has been issued for this area. Conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with the approaching fire(s) will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection. Dangerous conditions exist that may threaten your residence or business. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Fire and law enforcement personnel are working in this area to provide specific information about when to leave and the route(s) to be taken.

Websites that will have updated information:
www.swofire.com
www.inciweb.org
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx (Air Quality Status)
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Oregon State Police - WED 6:56pm

Oregon State Police: Right Hand SB Lane I-5 Near Milepost 123 To Be Open Shortly While Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash Investigation Continues. Traffic Updates TripCheck.com. UPDATE

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 Southbound Lanes in Roseburg

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: FATAL PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED TRAFFIC CRASH - INTERSTATE 5 SOUTHBOUND LANES IN ROSEBURG


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 4:52 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1002/66383/073113.fatal.tripcheck.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) and local emergency responders are on scene of Wednesday afternoon's pedestrian-involved fatal traffic crash along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the Roseburg area. The southbound lanes and the left northbound lane are blocked at this time and travelers should anticipate traffic delays.

The crash was reported July 31, 2013 at approximately 4:27 p.m.

Information will be released later following the initial investigation at the scene. Traffic updates can be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Photograph from TripCheck taken at 4:49 p.m.

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West Linn Camassia Preserve Brush Fire Remains Under Investigation

WEST LINN CAMASSIA PRESERVE BRUSH FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 4:15 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1214/66382/image.jpg
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/1214/66382/image.jpg
At 12:42 this afternoon, firefighters responded to reports of smoke near West Linn High School. First-arriving firefighters from TVF&R's Bolton station arrived at the Camassia Preserve to find a brush fire burning adjacent I -205 near the Highway 43 exit. Within 15 minutes, fire commanders called for a 2nd alarm to provide additional personnel and resources. At 1:39pm, the incident was briefly upgraded to a 3rd alarm, but crews were recalled a short while later.

For several hours, firefighters contended with steep rocky terrain, dense brush, and poison oak while trying to control and extinguish the fire which burned approximately 2.5 acres. Their aggressive efforts kept the fire from spreading to homes bordering the Preserve.

Traffic on I-205 was congested during the afternoon as drivers slowed to see smoke and flames cresting on a southeast bluff. A plume of light brown smoke could be seen from Wilsonville and southeast Portland.

Nearly 40 personnel from TVF&R, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Clackamas County Fire District #1, and Portland Fire & Rescue worked together to contain and extinguish the fire. West Linn Police Department provided additional support.

At the time of this release there are no injuries associated with this fire and the cause is unknown, but a fire investigator remains on scene to examine burn patterns and collect any evidence that may exist on site. Firefighters will continue watching for hotspots and wetting down nearby grasses and brush for at least another hour.
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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-21 Arson

CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #13-21 ARSON


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 4:14 PM
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying two persons-of-interest in an arson fire.

On May 7, 2013, at 3:17 a.m., Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the Wild Orchid Gentlemen's Club, located at 15826 Southeast Division Street, the report of a fire outside the bar.

Investigators learned that a fight occurred in the parking lot right after closing but was quickly broken up by club security. After the fight was over and everyone left, a fire started outside the club, which damaged the building.

Surveillance video is being released of two people that are persons-of-interest to investigators.

Video can be viewed and downloaded at http://youtu.be/LjFm0ScokC8

Both persons-of-interest are described as white males. One of the men has a heavier build and is seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes in the video. The other man has a slender build and is wearing a light-colored t-shirt and shorts. Both men have short hair.

Investigators would like to hear from anyone with information on the identities of the two persons-of-interest or information on the fire.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Detective Joe Luiz
Portland Police Bureau
Joseph.Luiz@PortlandOregon.gov

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Oregon State Police - WED 4:05pm

Oregon State Police: Clear Lake Rd near Green Hill Rd NW of Eugene 2 B Open @ 4:15P following fatal crash investigation. No more info for release yet.

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UPDATE - VEHICLE RECOVERED: East Precinct Officers Investigating a Reported Carjacking in Northeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood

UPDATE - VEHICLE RECOVERED: EAST PRECINCT OFFICERS INVESTIGATING A REPORTED CARJACKING IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND'S HAZELWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 3:54 PM
The 1992 Toyota Celica, stolen this morning in a carjacking, has been recovered. The vehicle was located unattended this afternoon in a parking lot for Eastport Plaza on Southeast 82nd Avenue.

The suspect in this case has not been identified.

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The correct plate is Oregon license plate 302BBR.

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This morning, Wednesday July 31, 2013, at 6:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Northeast 100th Avenue and Glisan Street on the report of a carjacking.

Officers arrived in the area and talked to the 43-year-old female victim, an area resident. The victim told police that the suspect pulled her out of her car and drove away. The suspect and vehicle were last seen traveling westbound on Northeast Glisan Street. The suspect was not armed and the victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, average build, wearing a dark shirt and baseball cap.

The vehicle is described as a white 1992 Toyota Celica, with a big dent on the passenger side, a spoiler and a dinged-up trunk. The plate on the vehicle is Oregon 302BBR.

This is an active investigation and no further details will be released at this time.

Anyone seeing the vehicle is asked not to approach it but to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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City releases quarterly development activity report

CITY RELEASES QUARTERLY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY REPORT


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 3:48 PM
After many months of very low land use and building permit activity, the City of Vancouver is starting to see modest increases in local construction activity, particularly in the multi-family and single-family residential sectors.

An online report published this week provides a comparative look at land use and building permitting activity between January 2012 and July 2013.

"What we're seeing is a slow return to the typical seasonal fluctuations in land use activity that we saw before the construction boom in the early 2000s and the subsequent recession," said Community and Economic Development Director Chad Eiken. "This is a positive trend that indicates steady and more sustainable growth."

Other key trends shown in the report include:

* The City is experiencing a "mini boomlet" of apartment development projects.
* Building owners are choosing to invest in making improvements to existing buildings instead of constructing new ones.
* Single-family residential permits remain steady at 50-90 per quarter.
* The value of commercial building permits spiked in the first quarter of 2013 due almost entirely to infrastructure improvements at the Port of Vancouver and several other significant tenant improvement projects.

To review the report, including a map showing ten "projects worth noting," please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/quarterlyreport.
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Using pallets for firewood on the beach is a bad idea

USING PALLETS FOR FIREWOOD ON THE BEACH IS A BAD IDEA


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 3:25 PM
Photo/sound file: Signs going up on Oregon's coast reminding visitors to burn natural wood only, never pallets
Photo/sound file: Newport High School students turn dangerous debris into art
Photo/sound file: Volunteers use construction magnets to remove nails from sand near Newport
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreat ion Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 31, 2013

A small beach bonfire is fun, but people who burn pallets or construction lumber instead of natural wood leave dangerous litter hidden in the sand.

Pallets are held together with nails or staples, and even people who drown the remains of their fire leave sharp, rusty debris behind that can injure the next visitor for months or years afterward.

The Newport High School Surfrider Foundation Club worked with local chapter members and volunteers to conduct ongoing cleanups targeting fire debris. The volunteers used construction magnets at cleanups to remove more than 200 pounds of nails and staples from the sand at Nye Beach and Agate Wayside, where pallet-fueled fires are a particular problem. They turned the pile of debris into an art awareness project. Students Kelsea DeFilippis, Trevor Silwones, Robin Shindelman, Colton Moeller, Christy Golden, Michelle Vinjamuri participated. Parent Frank DeFilippis and Surfrider representative Charlie Plybon were project mentors.

Another cleanup for Nye and Agate beaches is scheduled for Aug. 3 from 9:00-Noon (http://newport.surfrider.org/help-de-nail-newport-beaches-saturday-aug-3/).

"These are great projects," says Charlie Plybon of the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, "But we can't count on volunteers to clean nails buried in the sand. We have to stop this problem at the source."

On the ocean shore, fires must:

+ Use natural, untreated wood.

+ Be 3' x 3' or smaller unless you have a permit from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

+ Be drowned out with water -- not buried -- when finished.

New signs are going up at entry points to the Oregon ocean shore to remind visitors of these common sense rules.

"You can enjoy Oregon's public ocean shore, and make sure the next visitor is going to have just as much fun," says Shirley Stentz, regional support manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. "Burn natural wood, not pallets."

Some areas of the southern coast are under fire restrictions and beach fires are currently banned. Check the park you plan to visit at oregonstateparks.org to check on restrictions before you travel.

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Additional contact:

Charlie Plybon, Oregon Field Manager, Surfrider Foundation
oregon.surfrider.org
541-867-3982 office
541-961-8143 cell
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2009 Homicide Victim Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture Series Tonight

2009 HOMICIDE VICTIM NANCY BERGESON ARDENT ADVOCATE LECTURE SERIES TONIGHT


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 2:48 PM
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Today, Wednesday July 31, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., the Third Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture Series will occur in Portland, Oregon. This lecture series is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Law, the Federal Bar Association, Federal Public Defender, the U.S. District Court Attorney Admission Fund, and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA).

Steven Wax will be available for interviews at 5:00 p.m. at the Ace Hotel, located at 403 Southwest 10th Avenue. Media interested in attending should contact Lisa Hay in advance at (503) 326-2123.

The Ardent Advocate Lecture Series is named after Nancy Bergeson, who was the victim of a homicide in Portland on November 24, 2009. Additional information about the lecture series can be found online at https://www.ocdla.org/seminars/shop-seminar-2013-ardentadvocate.shtml

On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Portland Police uniform officers were called to the 4100 block of Southwest Hamilton. Upon arrival, the officers found Nancy Bergeson deceased in her home. The officers notified the Oregon State Medical Examiner and one of their representatives responded to the scene.

The medical examiner at the scene initially believed that Ms. Bergeson died as a result of natural causes. Ms. Bergeson was removed from her home and was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office. While performing the autopsy on Ms. Bergeson, the medical examiner determined that Ms. Bergeson actually died as a result of homicidal violence. Investigators were able to determine that there were signs that Ms. Bergeson fought back against her attacker.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is now helping with this investigation. The Cold Case Unit investigators and personnel represent additional resources to assist in following up on and developing investigative leads.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com/ to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Michele Michaels
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0692
michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov

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Oregon State Police - WED 2:14pm

Oregon State Police: Fatal Crash west of Hermiston in vicinity of Westland Rd & Ternes Ln. Roadway closed. Info 2 B Released Later Today.

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash Involving Ambulance - Clear Lake Road northwest of Eugene

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH INVOLVING AMBULANCE - CLEAR LAKE ROAD NORTHWEST OF EUGENE


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 2:07 PM
One person died and three others in an ambulance received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a head-on crash on Clear Lake Road near Green Hill Road northwest of Eugene near the airport. The highway is closed for the investigation with a detour in place.

Preliminary information indicates on July 31, 2013 at approximately 12:15 p.m., a Eugene Fire & EMS ambulance occupied by two paramedics and one patient was eastbound on Clear Lake Road when a westbound sport utility vehicle with one occupant crossed the centerline. The ambulance driver couldn't avoid the oncoming vehicle and they collided head-on.

The female occupant of the sport utility vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name will be released later after confirmation of next of kin notifications.

The two paramedics and patient in the ambulance were transported by another ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. Their names are not available for release at this time. The ambulance was on a non-emergency transport with no lights or siren activated.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the cause of the fatal traffic crash.

OSP is assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Lane Rural Fire Rescue, Eugene Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

More information will be released when available. No photographs available at this time.

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Escaped Inmate Captured, Six Others Arrested by OSP and Marion County SO at Salem-area Residence (Photos)

ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED, SIX OTHERS ARRESTED BY OSP AND MARION COUNTY SO AT SALEM-AREA RESIDENCE (PHOTOS)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 11:29 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), arrested a Mill Creek Correctional Facility escapee and six others Tuesday night at a Salem-area residence. The other inmate escapee hasn't been found and OSP and Department of Corrections urges the public to provid e information that will help locate and take him into custody.

On July 30, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m., OSP troopers and Marion County deputies were following up on tips and possible leads to locate DARYL MANUEL HERNANDEZ, age 34, and FRANCO ARMANDO MORENO, age 25, both Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmates who escaped from custody July 18, 2013.

An anonymous tip led OSP and MCSO to a Salem-area address located at 742 Norman Avenue NE where troopers and deputies found escaped inmate DARYL MANUEL HERNANDEZ and took him into custody. Additionally, six other people were taken into custody that had outstanding warrants or were in violation of parole. The other six people taken into custody are identified as:

BARBRA DENISE HERNANDEZ, age 26
* Warrant - Harassment

JONATHAN DAVID MORROW, age 28
* Warrant - Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

AARON JACOB OLEMUN, age 28
* Warrant - Parole Violation, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, and Theft in the First Degree

JAMES M. ZENAR, age 26
* Parole Violation

MICHAEL ZUNIGA, age 27
* Parole Violation

ROGELIO A. ALFARO, age 30
* Warrant - Assault in the Fourth Degree

All seven individuals were lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Escaped inmate MORENO has not been located. Information, including a photograph link for MORENO, is available at:

http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/07_18_2013_DOC_millcreek_escape.aspx

Department of Corrections and OSP urge anyone with information about MORENO's whereabouts to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.

Photographs provided with this release courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's Office

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NBA Player Arrested in Downtown Portland after Stomping on a Homeless Man

NBA PLAYER ARRESTED IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND AFTER STOMPING ON A HOMELESS MAN


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 11:08 AM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/3056/66366/Terrence_Alexander_Jones_21.jpg
On Wednesday July 31, 2013, at 2:04 a.m., Central Precinct officers arrested 21-year-old Terrence Alexander Jones in Old Town after Jones was seen stomping on a sleeping homeless man's leg. After the arrest, officers learned that Jones is currently on the roster of the Houston Rockets NBA team.

A sergeant patrolling the area saw a large group of people exit the Tube nightclub, located at 18 Northwest 3rd Avenue, and spill out into the street and sidewalk. An officer patrolling the area used a PA system to tell the crowd to get out of the street and get back onto the sidewalk. The sergeant pulled around the block to assist in case there was any further crowd issue.

While watching the group walk away from the bar, the sergeant observed a man, later identified as Terrence Jones, walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping. Jones yelled, "Wake up," then raised his leg and stomped down on one of the mens legs. The men were sleeping in the doorway of 114 Northwest 3rd Avenue.

Officers contacted Jones among the group of approximately eight people about a half a block away and took him into custody.

The victim, 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher, received a minor leg injury and did not require immediate medical attention.

Jones was transported to Central Precinct then to the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Harassment.

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Portland Police SERT Officer Injured During a Training Exercise

PORTLAND POLICE SERT OFFICER INJURED DURING A TRAINING EXERCISE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 10:24 AM
This morning, Wednesday July 31, 2013, at approximately 7:00 a.m., a member of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was injured during a training exercise.

The 23-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau was holding a flashbang (stun grenade) in his hand when it exploded, causing a non-life-threatening hand injury.

The officer was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The Portland Police Bureau is conducting a review of the incident to determine how it occurred.

The name of the officer will be released at a later time.

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CORRECTION - PLATE: East Precinct Officers Investigating a Reported Carjacking in Northeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood

CORRECTION - PLATE: EAST PRECINCT OFFICERS INVESTIGATING A REPORTED CARJACKING IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND'S HAZELWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 7:33 AM
The correct plate is Oregon license plate 302BBR.

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This morning, Wednesday July 31, 2013, at 6:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Northeast 100th Avenue and Glisan Street on the report of a carjacking.

Officers arrived in the area and talked to the 43-year-old female victim, an area resident. The victim told police that the suspect pulled her out of her car and drove away. The suspect and vehicle were last seen traveling westbound on Northeast Glisan Street. The suspect was not armed and the victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, average build, wearing a dark shirt and baseball cap.

The vehicle is described as a white 1992 Toyota Celica, with a big dent on the passenger side, a spoiler and a dinged-up trunk. The plate on the vehicle is Oregon 302BBR.

This is an active investigation and no further details will be released at this time.

Anyone seeing the vehicle is asked not to approach it but to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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East Precinct Officers Investigating a Reported Carjacking in Northeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood

EAST PRECINCT OFFICERS INVESTIGATING A REPORTED CARJACKING IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND'S HAZELWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 31st, 2013 7:30 AM
This morning, Wednesday July 31, 2013, at 6:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Northeast 100th Avenue and Glisan Street on the report of a carjacking.

Officers arrived in the area and talked to the 43-year-old female victim, an area resident. The victim told police that the suspect pulled her out of her car and drove away. The suspect and vehicle were last seen traveling westbound on Northeast Glisan Street. The suspect was not armed and the victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, average build, wearing a dark shirt and baseball cap.

The vehicle is described as a white 1992 Toyota Celica, with a big dent on the passenger side, a spoiler and a dinged-up trunk. The plate on the vehicle is Oregon ULL052.

This is an active investigation and no further details will be released at this time.

Anyone seeing the vehicle is asked not to approach it but to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Women cooking bacon is injured when pan catches fire

WOMEN COOKING BACON IS INJURED WHEN PAN CATCHES FIRE


News Release from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 8:36 PM
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Just after 7:00 pm Tuesday (July 30) evening, Forest Grove Firefighters were called to the Grove Mobile Home Park (3831 Pacific Avenue) to check what was originally called in as an extinguished fire. While fire crews were enroute dispatchers told them that a woman in her sixties living at space C22 had suffered injuries when she jumped from a bedroom window to escape the flames. Firefighters were able to confirm that thanks to a quick thinking neighbor there was no longer a fire burning in the home, finding two large burned areas in the kitchen and near the front door in the living room. The injured resident reported that while cooking bacon in a frying pan the grease suddenly caught fire. She grabbed the burning pan, spilling flaming hot bacon grease on her kitchen floor and as she ran to the front door burning grease spilled again on the living room which blocked her exit from the home. As the floor burned near her, the trapped woman ran to a bedroom at the rear of the home and leapt from a window, suffering neck and back injuries during the almost five feet she fell from this window.

Paramedics from Metro West Ambulance Company transported the injured woman to Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro with non life threatening injuries as firefighters removed the charred flooring from the home. Fortunately, the women did not receive any burn, or smoke inhalation injuries from this incident. Fires like this are all too common, which is why fire officials urge you to be fire smart in the kitchen. First, be ready if you are cooking anything with oil or grease, be sure and have a tight fitting pan lid ready so that you can smother a fire your pan. Second, stand by your pan at all times, watch the heat and keep a close eye on things before they get so hot that they burn. Third, never try and carry a burning pan from your home, use the lid to smother the flames, turn off the burner if you can, and get out to call 911 from a safe location. Finally, if you have children that are at a responsible age to use he kitchen it's also a good idea to talk about these simpl e kitchen fire safety rules and have them practice them before you let them have free reign of the kitchen alone.

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Josephine County Public Inquiry Line Open

JOSEPHINE COUNTY PUBLIC INQUIRY LINE OPEN


News Release from Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 6:44 PM
Starting tonight the Josephine county Public Inquiry Line will be open til 9pm. Tomorrow and until further notice we will be open each day from 0700 to 2100 or 7am to 9pm.
Call us at 541-474-5305.

If citizens have questions about the road closures, evacuations or are looking for fire information they can call here during our hours of operation.
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Burn Ban Declared Today - Continued hot, dry weather conditions necessitate restrictions

BURN BAN DECLARED TODAY - CONTINUED HOT, DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS NECESSITATE RESTRICTIONS


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 4:57 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. - At 4:45 p.m. Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Scott Lewis declared an outdoor burn ban effective immediately. Until further notice, yard debris burning, agricultural burning or outdoor burning with or without a permit will not be allowed in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10.

Additionally, recreational campfires, (including man-made fire pits and store-bought outdoor fireplaces), and outdoor barbecuing is allowed, however citizens should exercise extreme caution when using charcoal briquettes and open flames. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc. If hot and dry conditions persist, a complete burn ban including all recreational fires may be issued.

For updated burning information please call the burning information line at 503-618-3083. For additional information regarding current burning restrictions please contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at 503-618-2355.



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Updated Release; Photos Added - FIRE DESTROYS TWO UNITS AT THE MAIN STREET VILLAGE APARTMENTS IN TIGARD

UPDATED RELEASE; PHOTOS ADDED - FIRE DESTROYS TWO UNITS AT THE MAIN STREET VILLAGE APARTMENTS IN TIGARD


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 4:40 PM
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At 6:32 this morning, 9-1-1 dispatchers received multiple calls reporting heavy fire on at least two exterior decks and flames in an apartment at the Main Street Village Apartment complex in downtown Tigard. As they were leaving the station, crews from Station 51 in Tigard could already see a heavy column of smoke and requested additional fire units.

First-arriving crews found two apartments - a ground level unit and a second-story unit above with significant fire. The fire had also consumed the two apartments' exterior deck on the back side of the building. Crews immediately waged an aggressive, interior fire attack, knocking down the bulk of the fire in both apartments and the decks, and searching for tenants potentially trapped inside. Firefighters had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes and there were no injuries to tenants.

The fire posed significant hazards including: two separate apartments and exterior decks on fire, fears about trapped tenants, and concerns about a section of roof that had burnt through and had the potential to become unstable while firefighters were still inside. Crews reported the fire extinguished, just at the point that the incident commander was starting to consider pulling them out of the building and going to an exterior fire attack. Approximately 30 firefighters responded to the incident.

According to occupants on scene, neighbors began knocking on doors and notifying residents to evacuate before firefighters arrived. At least one dog was evacuated by its owner, while other pets in cages were retrieved by firefighters and reunited with their owners. According to the American Red Cross, 10 adults and three children were displaced and are being assisted by their agency.

A TVF&R fire investigator has confirmed that the fire began on the exterior deck of the ground level apartment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time. The fire destroyed two apartment units and caused water damage to a third, below ground unit.

TVF&R reminds the public to test their smoke alarms, have an escape plan that includes two ways out of every room, and obtain renters insurance in case of fire. For additional safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.
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Fire Investigators Complete Work at Oregon Holiday Products in Forest Grove

FIRE INVESTIGATORS COMPLETE WORK AT OREGON HOLIDAY PRODUCTS IN FOREST GROVE


News Release from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 4:35 PM
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Early Tuesday afternoon (July 30), Fire Investigators from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Oregon State Police completed their scene work into determining the cause of an early morning 3 alarm fire in Forest Grove. They were able to comfortably rule out a suspicious or incendiary cause into this fire, and also determined that the fire did not appear to be a result of electrical wiring in the business. Investigators do believe that the fire originat ed near a piece of equipment that the company, Oregon Holiday Products, uses to clean and apply cinnamon fragrance to pine cones it sells during the winter season. Investigators believe it's possible that parts of the fragrance oil contaminated the organic material that comes from cleaning the pine cones and led to the spontaneous heating of this material which resulted in the fire that caused approximately $50,000 in damages to the building and the business contents.

Based in Newberg, Oregon Holiday Products is a longtime business in the Portland Metro Area. Every year they produce nearly 11 million scented pine cones for holiday decorations. Business and property owners cooperated with the investigation, and expect to get the business going again in the next two weeks.

The photo included is of the cone cleaning and processing machine used in the business.


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Crime of opportunity in Milwaukie results in arrest for Robbery III, Attempting to Steal a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Entry Motor Vehicle, and Assault

CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY IN MILWAUKIE RESULTS IN ARREST FOR ROBBERY III, ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A MOTOR VEHICLE, UNLAWFUL ENTRY MOTOR VEHICLE, AND ASSAULT


News Release from Milwaukie Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 3:38 PM
Photo/sound file: Swanger, Deshaun James
Crime of Opportunity in Milwaukie Results in Arrest for Robbery III, Attempted Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Entry to Motor Vehicle and Assault IV

On 07-30-13 at about 1105 a.m. 20-year-old Deshaun James Swanger (DOB 11-13-92)noticed a car with its engine running in the parking lot of Chase Bank in downtown Milwaukie. As Swanger opened the car door and sat down in the driver's seat, he was confronted by the car's owner who had been standing nearby.

During a struggle inside the car, Swanger bit the victim's hand and at some point grabbed the victim's wallet.

Police detained Swanger on-scene and subsequently arrested him on criminal charges of Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry of Motor Vehicle, Assault IV, and Robbery III, and a Parole Detainer. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

At the time of the crime, the victim had left his vehicle running while he was nearby using the ATM outside the bank.

Police report that leaving a vehicle running, unattended is a common occurrence that sometimes results in unexpected consequences. It only takes a few seconds for someone to steal a vehicle when the keys are left in the ignition. #########
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Fire Destroys Two Units at the Main Street Village Apartments in Tigard

FIRE DESTROYS TWO UNITS AT THE MAIN STREET VILLAGE APARTMENTS IN TIGARD


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 3:17 PM
At 6:32 this morning, 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving multiple calls from tenants reporting flames shooting from an apartment building in the Main Street Village Apartment complex in downtown Tigard. As they were leaving the station, crews from Station 51 in Tigard could already see a heavy column of smoke and requested additional fire units.

First-arriving crews reported two apartments - a ground level unit and a second-story unit above - consumed with fire. The fire had also spread to the two apartments' exterior deck on the back side of the building. Crews immediately waged an aggressive, interior fire attack, knocking down the bulk of the fire in both apartments, and searching for tenants potentially trapped inside. Firefighters had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes.

The fire posed several hazards including: two separate apartments and exterior decks on fire, fears about tenants still inside, and a portion of the roof that was threatening to become unstable while firefighters were still inside. According to TVF&R Battalion Chief Ken Frentress, "I was keeping a close eye on the corner of the roof that had burned through, and just at the point that I was starting to consider pulling firefighters out and going to an exterior fire attack, our crews reported that they had the fire extinguished." Over 25 firefighters responded to the incident.

According to occupants on scene, neighbors began knocking on doors and notifying residents to evacuate before firefighters arrived. At least one dog was evacuated by its owner, while other pets in cages were retrieved by firefighters and reunited with their owners. According to the American Red Cross, 10 adults and three children were displaced and are being assisted by their agency.

A TVF&R fire investigator has confirmed that the fire began on the exterior deck of the ground level apartment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time. The fire destroyed two apartment units and caused water damage to a third, below ground unit.

TVF&R reminds the public to test their smoke alarms, have an escape plan that includes two ways out of every room, and obtain renters insurance in case of fire. For additional safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.
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PF&R Reduces Overtime $747,000 for FY 2012-2013 Administrative focus on cutting costs brings overtime down additional 9.3% from last year

PF&R REDUCES OVERTIME $747,000 FOR FY 2012-2013 ADMINISTRATIVE FOCUS ON CUTTING COSTS BRINGS OVERTIME DOWN ADDITIONAL 9.3% FROM LAST YEAR


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:27 PM
Now that the final tally for Portland Fire and Rescue's fiscal year 2012 - 2013 expenditures are in, PF&R Chief Erin Janssens reports that through tight controls, the bureau decreased overtime spending by $747,000. That's an 9.3% decrease from last year. Over the past four years, the bureau has reduced overtime costs by 21% (adjusted for inflation).

"Everyone knows we strive to keep people safe and provide excellence in emergency services, but we are also good stewards of taxpayer dollars; we work hard to be as efficient as possible while continuing to be one of the most effective and aggressive urban fire & rescue departments in the nation." says Janssens. "It was a tough budget year, but by tightening overtime policies and having a cost-effective 'traveler pool,' we were able to make a significant dent in these kinds of expenditures."

Overtime in a fire department is often a complicated manner. Each fire apparatus has minimum staffing requirements (established nationally) in order to respond safely, and effectively to emergencies. This means that if any one of four firefighters at a neighborhood station is sick or on vacation (on approved leave creating a vacancy), that position needs to be filled in order to operate safely and effectively. PF&R utilizes an efficiency called a "traveler pool" - a group of trained firefighters whose assignment is to fill these vacancies from approved earned leave. Through number crunching and modeling, PF&R was able to determine that this is the most cost-efficient approach to staffing at fire stations.

"Portland Fire & Rescue is responding to our city's need by becoming the sort of modern and efficient fire & rescue department that these economic times call for," says Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "PF&R continually gets high marks from our citizens for response excellence, so I'm happy to see them also demonstrate the tough fiscal responsibility Portlanders need."
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Enjoy a Night Out With the Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Association Committee

ENJOY A NIGHT OUT WITH THE NEIGHBORS SOUTHWEST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:27 PM
Join your neighbors for the sixth annual Neighbors Night Out on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hosted by the Neighbors Southwest Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC), the community-building event will be held in the parking lots of Big Al's (19450 SW Barrows Road).

"If you haven't had a chance to meet your neighbors and local businesses, I encourage you to attend Neighbors Night Out," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This laid back, family-friendly event is a great setting to make some new acquaintances and learn more about your NAC."

Come by to enjoy music, art displays and complimentary refreshments.

"I truly enjoy getting to know all who've come from my neighborhood and beyond," said Alton Harvey, Sr., chair of the Neighbors Southwest NAC. "I hope to see you there."

Neighbors Night Out is made possible each year through the City of Beaverton's Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. The program provides funding to each of the city's 11 Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs) for community building projects, events and activities. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/NACGrant and attend your next NAC meeting with your ideas.

For more information, please contact Alton Harvey Sr. at 503-430-5512 or cooterdragger@aol.com. To learn more about the Neighbors Southwest NAC, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/NeighborsSouthwest.

In 2013, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon. Since 2007, Beaverton has been named one of the safest cities in the Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Fans are also encouraged to like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton for information, reminders and City of Beaverton news.

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Disaster response, collections care workshops scheduled for autumn

DISASTER RESPONSE, COLLECTIONS CARE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED FOR AUTUMN


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:22 PM
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Volunteers and staff of libraries, archives, and museum, as well as collectors of historic items, are invited to attend upcoming workshops presented as part of the state's Connecting to Collections project. The day-long workshops will take place in Baker City, Florence, McMinnville, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland.

The first workshop, "Collections Care: Cleaning, Mending, and Housing," will present basic and advanced information on caring for historical items that are found in libraries, museums and archives. Randy Silverman, preservation librarian at the University of Utah, will be the presenter.

The second workshop, "Disaster Response and Recovery," will deal with how libraries, museums, and archives can best recover from a flood, fire, or other disaster that damages or destroys historical materials. The presenter will be Kris Kern from the Portland State University library.

While the workshops are free, pre-registration is required. You can register online at www.oregonheritage.org after Aug. 7.

The Connecting to Collections project is administered by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Connecting to Collections project is funded in part by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Baker City
Sept. 19, "Collections Care"
Oct. 15, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

Florence
Sept. 10, "Collections Care"
Sept. 23, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

McMinnville
Sept. 13, "Collections Care"
Oct. 7, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

Medford
Sept. 9, "Collections Care"
Sept. 21, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

Pendleton
Sept. 18, "Collections Care"
Oct. 14, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

Philomath
Sept. 11, "Collections Care"
Oct. 5, "Disaster Response and Recovery"

Portland
Sept. 16, "Collections Care"
Oct. 12, "Disaster Response and Recovery"
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Portland Parks & Recreation Presents the Washington Park Summer Festival

PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION PRESENTS THE WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL


News Release from Portland Parks & Recreation
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:18 PM
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10 Days in a Row of Performances Start Thursday, August 1

(Portland, OR) -

The Washington Park Summer Festival (WPSF) presented by Daimler begins Thursday, August 1, running every night through Saturday, August 10.

Part of the Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Free for All, WFSF concerts take place in the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 SW Kingston. Music starts at 6:00 pm and ends around 8:00 pm. Portland Parks & Recreation has assembled a great variety of acts from jazz to country to opera to symphony to blues and more! There will be food vendors on site, plus activities for kids. Special nights include Opening Night (Aug 1), Sponsor Night (August 3) and Parks Community Appreciation Night presented Portland Parks Foundation Night (August 6).

"The variety of Washington Park Summer Festival opportunities is outstanding," says new City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "I'm delighted that PP&R has worked with our valued sponsors to once again showcase the much-anticipated series of free concerts. The Festival helps enhance Portland's quality of life."

"The Summer Free for All, including the Washington Park Summer Festival, is a wonderful Portland tradition," adds City Commissioner Nick Fish. "Free movies and concerts, and healthy meals for kids. It's what makes this a special place each summer."

The complete Washington Park Summer Festival presented by Daimler schedule is here.

Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free for All features:

-Movies in the Park (presented by K103 and Z100)
Begin Thursday, June 27, and run through Thursday, September 12 at various parks all throughout the city.
Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 PM and generally includes performances by local bands. Movies begin at dusk.

-Concerts in the Park (presented by K103 and Z100)
Begin Monday, July 8 at Sellwood Riverfront Park and continuing throughout the summer until August 28 at various parks around the city. Performances begin at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Please see attached schedule for parks, times and dates.


-Summer Playgrounds and Free Lunch Programs
(presented by NIKE, Inc.)
Organized sports, games, and crafts - plus a free, healthy lunch for kids up to age 18 at designated sites! PP&R's Summer Playgrounds, Mobile Playgrounds, and Summer Lunch programs begin Tuesday, June 18 at selected parks throughout the City and continue as late as August 23. Please see specific dates, locations, and times noted on the attached schedule or at www.portlandparks.org


-Washington Park Summer Festival (presented by Daimler)
Performances run from Thursday, August 1 to Saturday, August 10.
All Washington Park Summer Festival concerts begin at 6:00 PM in Washington Park's gorgeous Rose Garden Amphitheater.

Summer Free for All Facts:
In addition to our valued sponsors, Summer Free for All is made possible by the City of Portland and by our neighborhood heroes - 50 grassroots committees which support a third of the Movies in the Park budget as well as most of the Concerts in the Park budget

Summer Playgrounds:
107th year
47 playground sites in 2013

Summer Concerts:
106th year
56 outdoor concerts in 2013

Movies in the Parks:
7th year
51 events on tap for 2013

Rock Climbing Wall:
7th year
106 rock climbing sites set for 2013
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Lamson Ranch listed in National Register of Historic Places

LAMSON RANCH LISTED IN NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:12 PM
Photo/sound file: Lamson Ranch
Photo/sound file: Lamson Ranch National Register nomination
Photo/sound file: Press release
The Lamson Ranch in the Willamina Vicinity is Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.

Jeremiah and Helen Hawks Lamson arrived in present-day Yamhill County Willamette in late summer 1848 and were among the area's earliest settlers. The Lamson family established their claim in the Willamina area and built a cabin, and later a house and barn, among other buildings over several years. Quickly becoming locally influential, the Lamson's developed a successful ranching operation and participated in local and Territorial Government. The family was also peripherally associated with the establishment and maintenance of nearby Fort Yamhill and had business dealings with the Grand Ronde Agency. The remaining ranch buildings, specifically the house and barn, are now-rare examples of their respective types. The circa-1850 barn is an extremely rare surviving example from the settlement-era, which at the time of its construction was one of the largest barns in the Willamette Valley. The 1880-1883 Gothic Revival residence, the third dwelling on the property, is a virtual ly intact example of the rural Oregon interpretation of that style, retaining many exterior and interior features from the period of its construction.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the nomination of the Lamson Ranch in February 2013. More than 80 historic Yamhill County properties are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
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Watch Seattle Seafair events on CVTV Channel 21

WATCH SEATTLE SEAFAIR EVENTS ON CVTV CHANNEL 21


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 2:12 PM
Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will air KIRO television coverage of Seattle Seafair events locally on CVTV Cable Channel 21. KIRO television, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, will provide live coverage of the Albert Lee Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race at Seafair on Sunday, August 4, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

KIRO carriage is possible through an agreement between KIRO and the City/County Cable Television Office which allows CVTV to carry KIRO news and other local public affairs programming televised by the Seattle station.

Live hydroplane race coverage and schedules are available to Internet users at www.cvtv.org.

CVTV is the local government, cable access channel operated and funded by the City of Vancouver and Clark County, Washington.
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Another rail crossing to close, another street to open as Vancouver's Waterfront Access Project advances

ANOTHER RAIL CROSSING TO CLOSE, ANOTHER STREET TO OPEN AS VANCOUVER'S WATERFRONT ACCESS PROJECT ADVANCES


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 1:55 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/144/66338/WAProject_Jefferson_closure-detour_072513.pdf
Contact: Loretta Callahan, Public Information/Community Relations, Department of Public Works, City of Vancouver, 360-487-8255 or loretta.callahan@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver's Waterfront Access Project takes two more big steps forward on Monday, Aug. 5:
- the Jefferson Street at-grade rail crossing closes permanently, and
- Grant Street opens to traffic from Eighth Street south, linking up to a new West Sixth/Seventh Street industrial connector from Grant to Jefferson.

In addition to the permanent closure of the rail crossing, Jefferson Street will close temporarily at West Evergreen Boulevard and West Eighth Street starting Aug. 5, to allow construction to continue on the new Jefferson connector that will link up with Eighth Street. In the meantime, access to the industrial area west of the railway line and south of West 11th Street, will follow a detour route along the new West Sixth/Seventh Street connector.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to watch for detour signs and flaggers and proceed through construction zones with caution.

The Vancouver Waterfront Access Project remains on track for completion by the end of 2013. The project restores an historic connection between the City's downtown and the Columbia River, opens a former industrial area for new private investment, and improves rail traffic efficiency and safety. The total project, completed in partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, involves streets, rail and utilities improvements, including reconstruction of the BNSF railway berm in downtown Vancouver and extension of Esther and Grant streets under the rail line.

During this stage of the project, Harney Street will be closed at Evergreen to all but local access, and West Sixth Street will remain temporarily closed at Grant Street. After the project is completed, West Sixth Street will continue to be closed on the weekends in keeping with the existing street use permit for the Vancouver Farmers Market.

Permanent closure of Eighth Street to vehicles at the rail crossing west of Harney took place this past January. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires train horns to sound at all at-grade crossings. The only exemption is where quiet zones have been officially certified following the installation of safety measures to compensate for the absence of the horns.
According to BNSF, once both of these two at-grade crossings - Eighth and Jefferson streets - are closed to non-rail traffic, routine train horns will no longer be needed there. Safety improvements planned for the West 11th Street crossing could also allow routine horns to be silenced there in the future.

More details about the Waterfront Access project can be found on the City of Vancouver website at www.cityofvancouver.us/waterfrontaccess. Additional information regarding waterfront revitalization can be found on the web at: www.cityofvancouver.us/ced/page/waterfront-development-project.
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Two-state effort reduces public exposure to toxic chemicals

TWO-STATE EFFORT REDUCES PUBLIC EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS


News Release from State of Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 1:35 PM
Salem, Ore., July 30: Government offices and schools across the Northwest will be healthier places to work and visit thanks to a new "green" janitorial supplies contract developed by Oregon's Department of Administrative Services in partnership with Washington's Department of Enterprise Services.

The contract -- developed with support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology and Responsible Purchasing Network -- will supply public agencies with people- and planet-friendly janitorial supplies that reduce the use of toxic chemicals without increasing costs.

Reducing toxic threats is a top priority for both states and they are leveraging purchasing power to find solutions that protect both the economy and the environment. Oregon and Washington agencies spend more than $20 million on janitorial supplies annually. The market impacts of this contract go beyond state purchasing as local governments and public schools may also take advantage of the price agreements.

"Government purchasing is a big economic driver. By encouraging the design and use of more responsible products, we can boost our economy while promoting better public health," said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. "When states buy green goods and services that are comparable in quality, availability and cost to traditional ones, it's a triple win."

Oregon Executive Order No. 12-05, signed in April 2012 by Kitzhaber, calls on state agencies to support the advancement of green chemistry in Oregon through multiple strategies, including new state purchasing policies focused on less toxic products.

In Washington, Executive Order 04-01 directs all state agencies to purchase equipment, supplies and other products that do not contain persistent, toxic chemicals unless there is no feasible alternative.

"Environmentally-preferred doesn't mean green at any cost," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. "We want goods and services that get the job done, at a fair price, with less harm to people and the environment - that's best value for state taxpayers."

The Department of Administrative Services negotiated prices with Coastwide Laboratories, Waxie Sanitary Supply, Interline Brands and West Coast Paper to provide government customers in both states with an extensive catalog of environmentally preferable products. The new price agreements begin Aug. 1, 2013 and may be extended in two-year increments until 2018.

The contract offers a comprehensive approach to green cleaning that includes low environmental impact cleaning products, tools, equipment, consultation and training.

"In the past, there was a perception that green products cost more and didn't work as well, said Michael Jordan, State of Oregon Chief Operations Officer. "That has changed. Green janitorial products cost the same or less than traditional ones and are just as effective."

Both states are pursuing less toxic products without compromising effectiveness or increasing costs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines environmentally preferable purchasing as products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. Best value is the right balance of price, quality, performance and environmental protection achieved through competitive procurement methods over the life of the purchased good or service.

"This model contract for certified 'green' cleaners is a successful and pioneering initiative that we hope other states will replicate," said Alicia Culver, Executive Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN). "It will protect custodial workers and building occupants - particularly children - from becoming exposed to chemicals than can cause asthma and other serious health hazards." RPN developed the environmental specifications for this solicitation under a contract with the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

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UPDATE: Disturbance with injuries

UPDATE: DISTURBANCE WITH INJURIES


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 1:34 PM
Photo/sound file: FESSEL, Justin Scott
Update 7/30/2013:
CCSO case #C13-9091 - This case remains under investigation.
Deputies are actively seeking suspect: FESSEL, Justin Scott DOB 12/01/1978
(see attached mug shot of Justin Fessel)
On Charges of (3 counts) Assault 1st degree and Felony Hit and Run.

On 07/26/2013 just before noon, deputies responded to a traffic collision at the intersection on NE 73rd Street and NE 147th Ave. The wreck was the result of an on-going family dispute and assault culminating in a deliberate vehicle ramming. A Buick Rivera operated by Jesse Fessel (brother of Justin Fessel) and occupied by passengers James and Shari Fessel (father and mother of Justin and Jesse Fessel) was rammed by a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV operated by suspect Justin Fessel. James and Shari Fessel were transported to SW Peace-Health Hospital for treatment. Jesse Fessel declined medical aid. Justin Fessel fled the scene and remains at large. Jesse Fessel was arrested at the scene and booked into CCSO jail on a charge of Malicious Mischief 2nd degree - Domestic Violence, stemming from acts of vandalism committed just prior to the crash. This case remains under investigation, nothing further to release at this time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Justin Fessel should report his location to 911.


07/26/2013 - Sheriff's Deputies responded to a traffic collision that was a result of a disturbance at the 7200 Blk of NE 147th Ave. at 11:44 Hrs today. At the scene were several injured subjects. The causing driver fled the scene and is not presently accounted for. This incident remains dynamic and is still unfolding - nothing more to report at this time.

Although there was a report of gunshots, no one has been reported with gunshot wounds and the report of a firearm involved is inaccurate.
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Portland Fire & Rescue on scene of multiple power lines and transformers down in busy NW Portland neighborhood

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE ON SCENE OF MULTIPLE POWER LINES AND TRANSFORMERS DOWN IN BUSY NW PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 1:20 PM
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/549/66336/marshall2
Photo/sound file: /images/news/2013-07/549/66336/marshall1
At 11:36am Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene of power line accident at NW 14th and Marshall. Witnesses at the scene said a chemical truck trying to pull out of the way of a tanker truck accidentally hit a "guide line" connected to a power pole; when the truck pulled forward the line brought down one pole and it's lines and then created a domino effect on the surrounding poles and lines. Crews arrived to find a tanker truck, a chemical truck and two smaller vehicles draped in power lines and one vehicle completely crushed by a transformer. Once crews identified that their were no injured or trapped victims in the area, they shut down pedestrian, vehicle and light rail traffic to prevent any contact with the power lines. PGE crews were called to the scene and had power shut off to the power lines. Power is affected in the immediate area to the accident and PGE officials are predicting that power would be restored by this evening. 14th ave is currently shut down between Nw Marshall and Northrup while PGE crews continue to clean up the downed lines and poles.
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UPDATE - SUSPECT VEHICLE PHOTOS: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-15 Bicyclist Hit and Run

UPDATE - SUSPECT VEHICLE PHOTOS: CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #13-15 BICYCLIST HIT AND RUN


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 1:16 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a hit and run to a bicyclist in North Portland.

On Saturday June 15, 2013, at approximately 11:30 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to North Interstate Avenue, just North of Greeley Avenue, on the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Officers arrived and determined that the pedestrian was actually a bicyclist, later identified as 59-year-old Mike Jan Cooley of North Portland. Medical personnel treating Cooley transported him to a Portland hospital with injuries initially believed to be non-life-threatening.

A witness described to police seeing a white Ford pick-up driving erratically before the crash, which occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate Avenue.

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle is a white 1993-1997 Ford F350 Crewcab pickup. The truck is believed to have two chrome step-up bars, at least on the driver's side, and damage to the right front headlight area.

Surveillance images of the suspect vehicle as well as photos of Mike are being released to assist in this case.

Cooley is in good condition at a Portland hospital.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Officer Chris Johnson
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-2213
Chris.Johnson@PortlandOregon.gov

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Health advisory lifted for water contact at Sunset Bay Beach

HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR WATER CONTACT AT SUNSET BAY BEACH


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: July 30th, 2013 12:43 PM
Health advisory lifted for water contact at Sunset Bay Beach
Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

A public health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay Beach in Coos County was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued July 24 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided, and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials continue to recommend avoiding large pools of water and runoff because these are areas where increased bacteria from fecal matter can build up.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Public Health, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.
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